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‘Ghostbusters: The Force Awakens’ and fandom as performance

4/10 I still remember the sinking feeling after the credits rolled on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, after the movie had finished slowly funneling into a shameless, point-by-point remake of the original film, endlessly creative when looking for excuses to … Continue reading

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‘Eternals’ vibrant plot full of big ideas held down by MCU-enforced technical weaknesses

4/10 Eternals has long been built up as a shift in direction for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and boy, is it ever. There’s a new production mentality, a new story mentality, new story directions and relaxed series rules. It’s more … Continue reading

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‘Dune’ is not a complete movie

1/10 Dune is not a complete film. It is a deliberately incomplete film, and despite what writer/director/producer Denis Villeneuve will tell you, the decision to only make half of it was made at the story’s expense, not its benefit. The … Continue reading

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‘The Last Duel’ a brilliant work of storytelling, period action, and a nervous apology

9/10 The Last Duel doesn’t just tell a story, it builds one, layer by layer, interlocking and leaving gaps at all the perfect points, creating a pyramid worth observing as a whole, as individual layers and as connections between the … Continue reading

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‘Halloween Kills’ lumbers dully, aimlessly through theaters

1/10 Halloween Kills is a film after Michael Myers’ own heart, a mindless machine doing something no one really wants over and over again with no distinguishing features, nothing to say, no discernible motive and no discernible reason why audiences … Continue reading

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